Focus on Pedagogy: Assessing Writing

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 14:39 -- Emily Johnson

This week continues our four-post series on pedagogy with an examination of how to assess ‘College Ready’ writing.


What Does ‘College Ready’ Writing Really Look Like?

The term ‘College Ready’ is used frequently, and it is often taken for granted that the audience knows what it means. However, we have seen that there are many different understandings of what ‘College Ready’ means.

Focus on Pedagogy: Developmental Courses and CRAs

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:24 -- Hillary Procknow

This week continues our four-post series on pedagogy with a look at Developmental Education and the ways in which CRAs can be used to support remedial instruction.  Hillary Procknow is part of the CRAfT team and teaches Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing at The University of Texas at Austin.


Focus on Pedagogy: Flipping the Classroom

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 15:52 -- Hillary Procknow

This week we begin a four-post series on pedagogy. Through this series we will highlight specific pedgagogical techniques, strategies, and tips that highlight ways instructors are transforming student learning and using College Readiness Assignments (CRAs) to improve college and career readiness. This week’s guest post comes to us from Dr. Julie Schell, a scholar internationally known for her work in flipped classrooms and Peer Instruction.

Flipping the Classroom

Career Readiness: What is it really?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:36 -- Emily Johnson

In many discussions of readiness, the focus is often on college readiness. However, the CRAfT team believes that career readiness is just as critical. We have been intentional about including career readiness in our plans, resources, and publicity because 1. Nearly every student will enter the workforce at some time in their life and 2. The skills students need to succeed in career are the same as those needed to succeed in college.

Spotlight on Data

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:12 -- Emily Johnson

In our last post, we wrapped up our series exploring the subject areas for which CRAs are available. For this post, we would like to highlight some of the data that support using CRAs to improve college and career readiness. In CRAfT’s efforts to design lessons that would be both useful for educators and effective in preparing students for college and career, we collected and analyzed several pieces of data so that you could feel confident in bringing CRAs into your classroom.

Social Studies CRAs

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:30 -- Anonymous (not verified)

This entry marks the fifth and final blog in our series exploring the College Readiness Assignments (CRAs) in each of the 5 subject areas in which they are housed. Like the CRAs in the other subject areas, the Social Studies CRAs address the TEKS and CCRS.  You’ll find a chart in each of the assignments that lets you know which TEKS and CCRS are covered in that assignment.

Science CRAs

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:50 -- Hillary Procknow

This entry marks the fourth in a series of five blogs that will explore the College Readiness Assignments (CRAs) in each of the 5 subject areas in which they are housed.

This week, we are looking at the Science CRAs.  Recent discussions about learning science suggest that thinking like a scientist is more than just memorizing definitions for cell structures or formulas for energy conversion.  Thinking like a scientist is about investigating, asking questions, connecting ideas, and working through problems.


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